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Words with different meanings:Example 6

Arthur PinkThe word “judgment” is another which calls for real study. There are judgments of God’s mouth which His servants must faithfully declare (Psalm 119:13), namely the whole revelation of His will, the rule by which we are to walk and by which He will yet judge us. Those “judgments” (Exodus 21:1) are the Divine edicts which make known the difference between right and wrong. There are also judgments of God’s hand:

“I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me” (Psalm 119:75).

Those are for the gracious discipline of His children; whereas those upon the wicked (Ezekiel 5:15) are judicial curses and punishments. In some passages they express the whole of God’s providential ways, many of which are “a great deep” (Psalm 36:6), “unsearchable” (Romans 11:33) to any finite mind, not to be pried into by us. They intimate His sovereign rule, for

“righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne” (Psalm 97:2),

likewise the rectitude of Christ’s administration (John 9:39).

“He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:1)

imports the righteous doctrine of His Gospel. In Jude 1:14 and 15 the reference is to the solemn transactions of the last day. “Teach me good judgment and knowledge” (Psalm 119:66) is a request for discretion, a clearer apprehension to apply knowledge rightly. To “do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19) signifies to be equitable and just in our dealings.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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